From the 100 cadets cheering ships at Fort Denison right up to Governor-General Quentin Bryce aboard HMAS Leeuwin, the Ceremonial Fleet Review lived up to all expectations.
Crowds of people gathered at all vantage points around Sydney Harbour as tall ships, recreational craft, cruise ships and charters cleared the harbour to make way for Leeuwin with Ms Bryce, HRH Prince Harry and Chief of Navy VADM Ray Griggs to conduct the review.
After receiving a Royal salute and cheers from ships moored at Garden Island, Leeuwin took pride of place in front of the Sydney Harbour Bridge as a 100-gun salute ignited proceedings before HMA Ships Sydney, Darwin, Perth, Parramatta, Bundaberg, Diamantina and Huon sailed past Leeuwin to be reviewed.
Navy’s helicopter display team took to the skies as Leeuwin left Garden Island for the review and a ceremonial flypast led by two Seahawks carrying the Australian flag and the White Ensign soared over the harbour and included Air Force’s Roulettes, Hornets, Wedgetail and Orion.
Navy aircraft included Seahawks from 816SQN, MRH-90s from 808SQN, Squirrels from 723SQN, Bell 429, the heritage Iroquois, 173 Avn SQN Kiowa and international craft from France the UK, Canada, New Zealand the US.